Saturday, November 14, 2009
Don't know what it means? Don't worry -- most people over the age of 22 don't either.
A school principal threatens to suspend students who mimic a Muppet character.
But the nonsense word -- which apparently started with the 1980s Muppet character Beaker -- is causing a lot of teeth-gnashing for adults at one Massachusetts high school. They have gone so far as to threaten suspension for students caught meeping.
Now the police and lawyers are involved. From Jonathan Turley:
After reading the recent publications over the decision of the principal of Danvers High School banning students from saying the word “Meep,” Entertainment lawyer Theodora Michaels decided to act and wrote a letter using the four-letter word to Principal Thomas Murray, who comes across as a high school version of Dean Vernon Wormer from Animal House. She was immediately reported to the police for investigation by the school.
The comments at FARK are worth a look: "He embiggened this problem by using a very non-cromulent solution."
When marklars attempt to restrict the marklars of young marklars, all marklar can break out. If you keep a cool marklar when all about you marklars are losing their marklar you can achieve your marklar and set a good marklar for the young marklars. Marklar!
Catch you later.....
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
They fight against same-sex marriage, AIDS research and adoption by gay parents. But are they fighting themselves? This eye-opening film explores the disturbing phenomenon of allegedly closeted gay politicians who vote down pro-gay legislation--and get a free pass from the media. Probing the hidden lives of some of the country's most powerful policymakers, the film examines how these politicians may have betrayed the confidence of American voters by denying the truth about themselves...and how the media has been complicit in keeping these secrets. (R) (AC,AL)
The hypocrisy on display is jaw-dropping. Please plan to watch.
Check listings, yada, yada.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
More photos from the DC rally here.
And visit The Political Carnival for even more.
Doesn't seem to be the crowd we were told to expect, eh?
Catch you later.....
UPDATE: Even more here, H/T to BlueGal.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
After 35+ years as a health care provider, I want to let you know that I am strongly in favor of single-payer.
And now I hear you are about to cede the Public Option to the children who holler the loudest.
Shame on you, sir, shame.
This is, in the end, a National Security issue.
Be strong, do the right thing, you'll have no regrets.
Let us down, your re-election and the election of real Democrats becomes much less likely.
And we, as a nation, cannot afford to return to the policies of those who have robbed the middle-class blind, lied us into war, broken the law, diminished our world standing, trampled on the Constitution and turned us, one against the other, for their own selfish gain.
You were elected, by us, to do a job, as a man of principle.
Stand up for those principles, fight the good fight and we're with you.
Lead, sir, for god sake, lead.
Respectfully, M. Z. (GOPnot4me.Blogspot.com)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Truman later wrote: “Democracy thrives on debate and political differences. But I had no patience with the reactionary selfish people and politicians who fought year after year every proposal we made to improve the people’s health. I have had some bitter disappointments as President, but the one that has troubled me most, in a personal way, has been the failure to defeat the organized opposition to a national compulsory health-insurance program. . . . The vast majority of the people have no such organized voice speaking for them.” (Alliance for Democracy)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
He was quite worked up about it. Had all the talking points down pat.
When he left we proceeded to E-bill his insurance: Medicare and TriCare.
Catch you later.....
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
State Media and Public Access to Polling Places
Note: This chart lists state laws regulating media and public access to polling places. In practice, access may vary significantly from
jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Only poll workers and voters actively engaged in voting may be within the voting booth area, but members of the public may be in the polling place to observe provided they do not interfere with the voting process.
Observers may ask poll workers questions regarding election procedures so long as they do not distract them from their duties.
Voters may not be photographed, videotaped or filmed entering or exiting a polling place or within a polling place without their explicit permission.
Some counties and jurisdictions have different regulations but the state policy regarding media and pollsters requires them to be at least 25 feet from the polling place before speaking to voters. 35 (emphasis mine.)
So, I voted today. At lunchtime, here at the old "Branch Cascadian" compound. (Don't ask.)
Bad day at work, but at the end I thought I would visit the clubhouse where the voting was taking place to ask the nice young man I had seen earlier how the turn-out had been, what impressions he might have formed, etc. (He seemed progressive.) I said I had a little blog and just wanted to report about one small slice of the vote. It was 30 or so minutes before the polls closed.
Well, another poll worker, a fellow "Branch Cascadian" got her damn panties in a twist and she and another of the ladies behind the cafeteria tables demanded I leave. Some weird guy with a ton of 3G gear got busy on the phone.
I managed to exchange e-mail addresses with the seemingly nice young man before I was hounded out. As I left, it seemed that my answer to her inquiry, "What blog?" pissed her off further.
I went home, changed out of my work clothes, and walked back down to the clubhouse/polling place, popping in the back (unlocked) door at precisely 8:02pm. I felt like trying again.
Well, you would have thought some felony was being committed. It was "polls are closed" this and "clubhouse is closed" that (by now they had the compound manager involved in the effort to keep me from observing). My god, you'd have thought I was subverting the whole vote, for fuck sake. At no time did I interfere with the voting procedures or the duties of any poll worker.
I reminded our commandant and the objecting poll workers and anyone in listening distance that I, as a citizen, a voter and especially as a disabled Veteran, had a right to observe. The G3 phone guy ran for the hills as I was hounded out by little old ladies for the second time.
Didn't seem worth it any more.
Catch you later.....
Monday, May 18, 2009
USA wastes more on health care bureaucracy than it would cost to provide health care to all of the uninsured
Sunday, May 17, 2009
From Frank Rich at the New York Times:
...These cover sheets greeted Bush each day with triumphal color photos of the war headlined by biblical quotations. GQ is posting 11 of them, and they are seriously creepy.
Take the one dated April 3, 2003, two weeks into the invasion, just as Shock and Awe hit its first potholes. Two days earlier, on April 1, a panicky Pentagon had begun spreading its hyped, fictional account of the rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch to distract from troubling news of setbacks. On April 2, Gen. Joseph Hoar, the commander in chief of the United States Central Command from 1991-94, had declared on the Times Op-Ed page that Rumsfeld had sent too few troops to Iraq. And so the Worldwide Intelligence Update for April 3 bullied Bush with Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Including, as it happened, into a quagmire.)What’s up with that? As Draper writes, Rumsfeld is not known for ostentatious displays of piety. He was cynically playing the religious angle to seduce and manipulate a president who frequently quoted the Bible. But the secretary’s actions were not just oily; he was also taking a risk with national security. If these official daily collages of Crusade-like messaging and war imagery had been leaked, they would have reinforced the Muslim world’s apocalyptic fear that America was waging a religious war. As one alarmed Pentagon hand told Draper, the fallout “would be as bad as Abu Ghraib.”
Rumsfeld would waterboard Jesus if he thought it would serve his purposes.
Read the whole thing if you have a strong stomach.
How did these bozos get the keys to the castle in the first place?
How did my country sink so low?
Catch you later.....
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
One could make a pretty compelling argument that the biggest upset of 2008 at the presidential level, bigger than even the Obama victory in Indiana, was the fact that Barack Obama stole an electoral vote from John McCain in, of all places, Nebraska.
I'm pretty proud of my peeps. And now there's more:
Tuesday night, the Democratic Party, and the voters of Omaha, made it clear that Obama's surprise single electoral vote in Nebraska was not an isolated incident.
Democrat Jim Suttle, a city councilman, scored the narrow win over former Republican mayor Hal Daub. Suttle won 50.7% of the vote, to Daub's 48.7% of the vote.